What if I told you when you rush out of your office today to meet friends at your local watering hole, your favorite bartender might just be able to whip up something healthy for you after all? It could be that the tropical fruit cocktail in a tall hurricane glass (the one that comes with a flamingo swizzle stick and a colorful umbrella) just might count as healthy.
Researchers, from Kasetsart University in Thailand and the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), report that adding ethanol — the type of alcohol found in rum, vodka, tequila and other spirits, was found to boost the antioxidant nutrients in strawberries and blackberries. In fact, any colored fruit might be made even more healthful with the addition of a splash of alcohol, they report in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.
Obviously, too much of a good thing can become a problem, but if you’re going to have a cocktail you just might want to reconsider the umbrella.